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How to get a medical card in New York.

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    Register Online with Leafwell and speak with a licensed New York physician

    You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a NY medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $149. You are only billed if approved.

  2. 2

    Get Approved and Complete the State Application Online

    Once approved, register online and enter all of your details and submit your physician’s certification. There is no state application fee.

  3. 3

    You will Be Issued a Temporary NY Registry MMJ Identification Card

    You will receive a temporary NY medical marijuana card which can be used to purchase approved Medical Marijuana products.

  4. 4

    Receive Your NY Medical Marijuana ID Card

    The NY State Department of Health will send you a physical copy of your card within seven to 10 days. If it doesn’t arrive within this time limit, you can use your temporary card for up to 30 days until you receive your card.

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Benefits of Getting a New York Medical Card

You don’t have to have an MMJ card to legally buy cannabis in New York now that recreational use is legal, but there are multiple reasons to become a cardholder.

  • Access a greater number of dispensaries.
  • You can possess and use cannabis from 18 rather than 21.
  • Potentially higher possession limit.

About Medical Marijuana in New York

In July 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation permitting the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

Even though recreational marijuana has now been legalized in New York, having a medical marijuana card is still a great option for people looking for high quality product in New York State.


How to Qualify

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New York, you must be a legal resident of New York.

Patients must be aged 18 or over to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves.

Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf.

  1. Information for caregivers

    Registered caregivers must be 21 or over.

Medical Conditions

New York does not have a list of qualifying conditions. It is up to your healthcare provider to decide if cannabis may help you live a better, healthier life.

  1. For more information:

    You can visit our conditions page to see a wide range of medical conditions which cannabis may benefit.


Possession and Growing

In New York, medical cannabis patients can possess a 30-day supply of cannabis and supply to be determined by the physician.

It is legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to three ounces of cannabis for personal use in New York.

You cannot cultivate marijuana in New York even if you have an MMJ Card.


Caregivers

Medical Marijuana patients in New York can have a caregiver.

The caregiver application process is completed online. For more information, contact Leafwell's helpful support team via the chat in the bottom corner of your screen.

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    Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patient(s) must bring their caregiver registry identification card and the patient’s certification to the dispensing facility.

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    A Designated Caregiver can print a temporary registry ID card for the patient(s) they are registered caregivers by logging into their online account.

Reciprocity

New York does not recognize medical marijuana cards issued by other states, so there is no medical marijuana reciprocity. Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization’s dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products.

New York medical cards are recognized by some other states with a medical marijuana program.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Washington, D.C.
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Frequently asked questions in New York

    How much does a New York Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

    Medical marijuana certificate on its own = $149 at Leafwell

    Renewal fee = $149

    Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.

    What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in New York?

    New York no longer has a list of qualifying conditions. It is up to your healthcare provider to decide if you qulify for medicinal cannabis and whether it may help you live a better, healthier life. You can visit our conditions page to see a wide range of conditions and health problems where medical cannabis and cannabinoids like CBD (cannabidiol) may be helpful.

    How does the online evaluation process work for getting a Medical Marijuana Recommendation Letter/Medical Certificate in New York?

    There are three simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in New York to obtain your medical marijuana card:

    1. Create a Leafwell account using a valid email address and choosing a password. You’ll then be asked to complete a brief questionnaire of personal and health information and to either take or upload a photograph of identification (Leafwell is required by law to verify your identity). You will need a smartphone, computer, or tablet with a reliable internet connection and a working camera to be seen by a Leafwell provider.

    2. Next, you will be taken to the virtual waiting room where you’ll be connected Leafwell provider for a video chat (i.e., a virtual doctor’s visit). (You will receive a text message to your cell phone when the provider is ready to see you.) During the video chat, the provider will assess your health situation to determine if you qualify for a medical marijuana certification.

    3. If you are approved for a medical marijuana card, you’ll be sent a copy of your recommendation letter via email. Register with the Department of Health and receive your temporary ID card. Receive your physical card in 7-10 business days.

    How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New York?

    You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in New York. Caregivers must be 21 years of age.

    Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in New York?

    Yes, medical marijuana patients in New York can have a caregiver. To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

    1. The individual must be designated by the certified patient within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System before the designated caregiver can register with the Department.
    2. The designated caregiver must log in to https://my.ny.gov/, click the “Health Applications” icon, and then click the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” link to register.
    3. Designated caregivers who do not have an NY.gov account will need to click the “Don’t have an Account?” button to create a personal NY.gov ID first. For step-by-steps instructions on how to create a My.NY.gov account, click here for instructions. For step-by-step instructions on how to register as a caregiver, select the “HELP” link within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System or click here for instructions.
    4. There is a $50 application fee; but the Department is currently waiving the $50 fee for all patients and their designated caregivers.
    5. Once a caregiver’s registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card which may be used in conjunction with a government-issued photo identification to purchase approved medical marijuana products while the caregiver awaits his/her registry identification card (ID card) in the mail. Registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires. Patient and caregivers must re-register each time a new certification is issued that has a different PC1 number in the upper-right hand side of the certification.

    Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patient(s) must bring their caregiver registry identification card and the patient’s certification to the dispensing facility.

    Designated caregivers can also access a temporary registry ID card after completing their caregiver registration and being approved. The designated caregiver will follow the same steps as a patient to retrieve and print the temporary registry ID card. This does not apply to facilities that have been designated as a caregiver.

    A Designated Caregiver can print a temporary registry ID card for the patient(s) they are a registered caregiver for by logging into their https://my.ny.gov account.

    1. Select “Health Applications,” and then the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System.” Click on the three white lines on the top-left side of the screen.
    2. Select the “My Patient’s Temporary Card” option from the drop-down menu. Select the blue link to open and print your temporary ID card. If you are also the patient’s proxy, you may need to select “Switch to Caregiver Portal” before this option will be available.
    How do I apply for the state program in New York?

    Here’s how to apply to the state of New York once you’ve been certified by a Leafwell physician

    Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

    • A signed certification from a Leafwell physician
    • Photo ID
    • Proof of New York State residency
    • A birth certificate (if you’re under 18)

    A detailed list of acceptable proofs and documents can be found here.

    Getting Your New York Medical Marijuana Card

    1. Download the PDF certificate from your patient dashboard on Leafwell
    2. Login to the New York State website. If you do NOT have an NY.gov account then you will need to click the “Don’t have an Account?” button to create a personal NY.gov ID first.
      1. Follow the prompts to create a personal account
        1. Remember that the answers to secret questions and your password is case-sensitive
        2. Save your user ID and your password in a safe place
      2. Click Log out and close the browser. Your MY.NY.gov account is created.
    3. Go to MY.NY.gov and log in to your personal account.
      1. Confirm that you are logged into the correct account.
    4. Click on the “Health Applications” icon.
    5. Click on the link to the Medical Cannabis Data Management System (MCDMS) link.
    6. Select the "Start New Registration" button.
      1. Follow the steps to register.
      2. Note: Please log in using only 1 browser and make sure you do not have multiple tabs/ windows open with the same MY.NY.gov webpage, as this may cause errors.
    7. Once a patient or caregiver’s registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card through the My.NY.gov account which may be used in conjunction with a government-issued photo identification to purchase cannabis while the patient/caregiver awaits his/her registry identification card (ID card) in the mail.
      1. Registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires.
      2. Patients and caregivers must re-register each time a new certification number is issued.
    8. Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization’s dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products. Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patients must bring their caregiver registry identification cards and their patients’ certifications to the dispensing facility.

    Additional patient registration instructions can be found here.

    Caregiver registration instructions can be found here.